|Poinsettia Magic - finished length: 6cm (2 3/8")|
In honour of these flamboyant blooms, I've made an equally showy pair of earrings for Day 6 of the Twelve Days of Christmas Earrings Extravaganza - Poinsettia Magic.
Here's what you'll need to make these poinsettia earrings:
- 10 centre-drilled Czech glass Lt Siam leaves with gold veining
- 2 13x6.5mm Golden Shadow Swarovski Briolettes
- 2 4mm Light Siam Swarovski bicones
- 2 4mm Topaz Swarovski bicones
- 20 gold seed beads
- 10 3mm gold spacer beads
- 4 22mm round gold filigrees
- 26g gold wire
- 2 gold eye pins
- 2 4mm gold jump rings
- 2 gold earring wires
Tools: chain nose pliers, flat nose pliers, flush cutters
Cut 38cm (15") gold wire and string a leaf bead (from the base) and a seed bead and slide them along to within 10cm (4") of the end of the wire. Thread the wire back through the leaf bead.
Pull the wire up tight.
String a gold spacer bead, another leaf and a gold seed bead on the long end of the wire.
Thread the wire back through the leaf bead, slide the spacer and leaf right down to the first leaf and pull the wire to tighten the seed bead in place.
Continue adding spacer beads, leaf beads and seed beads in this manner until you have added five leaves. String a spacer bead.
Form the leaves into a circle to form the poinsettia.
Insert the wire into the next spacer bead and pull it up tightly.
String a seed bead and slide it along to approximately 8mm (5/16") from the spacer bead and insert the wire into the next spacer bead. Grip the wire below the bead and twist it several times.
Continue adding seed beads and twisting the wire until you have created 5 stamens.
Wire the poinsettia to the filigree by weaving the wire in and out from the poinsettia to the filigree. Use the pliers to help you pull the wire up tight.
Neatly wrap both wires around the space between the poinsettia and the filigree.
String a Lt Siam and a Colorado crystal on an eye pin. Bend the eye pin at a 90° angle. Trim to 1cm (3/8").
Form a simple loop.
Open a jump ring and hook on a briolette. Before closing it, attach the eye pin.
Place a second filigree on the back of the first to cover your wire weaving. Open the other loop of the eye pin and hook it through the two filigrees.
Open the loop of the earring wire and hook it through the opposite side of the filigree.
Make a matching earring with the remaining components.
That brings us to the half way mark of the 2015 Twelve Days of Christmas Earrings Extravaganza. I hope you've enjoyed all the designs so far. If you're looking for even more Christmas inspiration, click the 12 Days of Christmas tab at the top of this page and you can see all 48 of the designs from previous years.
I'll be back again tomorrow with another 2015 design to inspire you.